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The Olicana Historical Society, which is affiliated to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, arranges an annual winter programme of lectures on a variety of subjects of both general and local historical interest.

Meetings are being held in The Clarke Foley Centre Cunliffe Road ,Ilkley, The third Thursday of the month September to May  starting at 7.30pm. 

Next Talk Thursday 20th October 2022

The Viking Army and Making of England


Prof. Dawn Hadley

7.30pm at The Clarke Foley Centre

In summer a programme of visits is arranged for members. Where possible these visits are linked to the winter lectures.

Members can also use the facilities of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society in Leeds.

The annual subscription is £10. Non-members are welcome at the lectures. The cost for a non-member is £3 per lecture.

For further information contact:

The Hon Secretary

John Cruse,

3 Ellicott Court,

Park Road,


LS29 6PA

(Tel 01943 870952)

or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





 2022- 2023 Lecture Programme


15th September

   Reformation & Resistance

     in 16th Century Yorkshire

Dr Roger Martlew

7th May Foster Pickles Memorial Lecture

To be held in The Clarke Foley Centre

Free Lecture

20th October

The Viking Army and the Making of                 England

Prof. Dawn Hadley


17th November

John Phillips 

 Colin Speakman


Free Ilkley Arts Festival Event

15th December

New Beginnings 1945-64

  David Davis


19th January

Pre-1832 Elections

 Sir Andrew Lawson -Tancred

18th February

Excavation at Kirkstall Abbey Guest                  House

Stuart Wrathmall

16h March


Recent Developments at Calverley Old        Hall

 TBC by Landmark Trust

20th April


First Skin your sheep - the Practicalities

and Skills of Manuscript  Production

   Joyce Hill

The 68th AGM